WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC3) believes Donald Trump has tapped into the anti-Washington sentiment in his presidential campaign.
Jones and fellow Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky stopped in Wilmington on Wednesday, speaking at a fundraiser for Jones' 2016 re-election campaign. When asked about the field of 17 GOP candidates running for president, Jones said Trump is voicing the frustrations of many outside of Washington, DC.
"Deep, deep frustration," Jones said. "I see it here in Eastern North Carolina. I think people see the influence of money in Washington. I say many times that too many times, the policies on the floor (of the U.S House of Representatives) are driven by money and not by the people."
Both Jones and Massie have endorsed Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign. Jones talked about endorsing Paul's father Ron when the former senator ran for the White House. Jones said he expects many in the current field of hopefuls will drop out in due time.
"After this debate, and maybe after a second debate following this first one, I think it will kind of weed itself out," Jones said. "I believe there are probably five to eight Republicans that will survive for a few more months to come."